The artwork is inspired by the old cartoon, The Nine-Coloured Deer. It is an animated story about the Dunhuang, said to be the palace of art. The animation is a Buddhist tale of thousands-old Chinese inheritance. It adapts the story of the “Deer Kings’s Journey” from Dunhuang Mogao Grottoes. The deer’s nine colours are present in this artwork. The hues symbolise one’s sacrifice for others, and the consequence of good and evil. The Nine-Coloured Deer saves the drowning but in return the deer was betrayed. The legendary deer exposes the drowned person’s betrayal and was granted a rightful retribution.
The use of bright colours captures the story’s legendary energy. Dreaming to be part of the well-loved myth, I am the personified Chinese sceneries. My hair is a colourful mountain where the deer magnificently stands. My shoulders and arms are temples symbolising Chinese religion. My eyes are closed, traversing to the mythical time of my ancient heritage. Eyes appear on the palms of six hands—an awakening to the religious world of The Nine-Coloured Deer.
Yin Lu is a Chinese Australian artist and art teacher based in Brisbane, Australia, whose artistic practice is hugely influenced by her Chinese heritage. Working across a range of two-dimensional media, from drawing, painting, muralism and mixed media, she uses her bold and contrasting style to amplify her cultural identity. Her interpretations of multiculturalism through combinations of Western art and Eastern aesthetics play a pivotal role in inspiring her art.
This is a gallery-quality giclée art print on 100% cotton rag archival paper, printed with archival inks. Each art print is listed by sheet size and features a minimum one-inch border.